The Lower Saxony German State is conducting investigations in order to impede local banks from processing transfers of funds to and from unregulated and unlicensed casino online sites. According to the German legislation covering Internet gambling, all operations are effectively banned as long as the operators are proven not under the state. There are however several disputes and on-going appeals and the Internet gaming laws are currently in some form of a legal minefield. Nevertheless, the Lower Saxony state is already tackling some of the ways on how the government can prevent banks from processing payment transactions to and withdrawals from Internet wagering sites which are considered unlicensed.
As to the current legal status of Internet gaming in Germany, almost all mobile gaming is illegal all over the country. This is in accordance to the Interstate Treaty on Gambling which took effect in 2008. The law was formulated for the protection of the German citizens from the black market or rouge and unregulated operators. Nevertheless, there are debates and claims that this legislation has been designed in order to favor gambling operators which are under the control of the state. Despite all the protests and speculations, the German legislators in charge of Internet betting are now forcing financial institutions and banks to ban Internet gaming transactions. There are sources saying that this is in contrast to the European Union laws as well as the EU. Internet gaming operators have already taken legislative actions to overturn or clarify the present situation.
According to a 2012 data, there are 20 gaming licenses which have already been granted to select operators. The figure is quite minimal compared to over 100 applications received for gaming licenses. Furthermore, a state of limbo is somehow on-going in the virtual gambling world as no licenses have been granted to date. Moreover, court suspensions are imposed due to legal challenges. Based on information from gaming insiders, poker licenses have been granted in several states. However, the licenses will still be reviewed in 2018. German banks and gambling are two entities which are now highly impacted due to the banned transactions from banks to unregulated operators.